Fenland bowlers shine on national stage

PUBLISHED: 11:35 21 August 2008 | UPDATED: 08:36 02 June 2010

FENLAND S finest bowlers have been making a name for themselves on the national stage. A team from March Conservative Bowls Club made it through to the semi-finals in the ladies fours at Leamington Spa. The team, made up of Elizabeth McRae, Vicie Horry,

FENLAND'S finest bowlers have been making a name for themselves on the national stage.

A team from March Conservative Bowls Club made it through to the semi-finals in the ladies' fours at Leamington Spa.

The team, made up of Elizabeth McRae, Vicie Horry, Doreen Miller and Sara Matthews lost to a team form Kent who went on to win the fours title in a final against a team from Hertfordshire.

The following week the March club's ladies pairs' team of McRae and Pauline Ayres surprised every one and reached the quarter-finals where they lost by one shot on the last end.

In the four-wood singles March's Cheryl Salisbury won her first game and lost in the next round, but came home to beat City of Ely's former world champion Ellen Falkner to take the county title.

A spokesman for the March club said: "These performances by both teams and individuals show that lawn bowls in March is first class going from strength to strength."

Meanwhile, five members of Christchurch Bowls Club competed in the British Isles Championships, at Worthing.

Alan Hayes, Russell Smith, Mick Chamberlain and Paul Hayes represented Cambridgeshire in the fours after winning the county title for the second successive year and made it to the last 16 but were knocked out by Yorkshire, losing 22-9.

Alan Hayes and Roly Frost then competed in the pairs' championships, but lost to Wiltshire 22-13 on Monday.

Skipper and president of Christchurch Bowls Club Paul Hayes said: "To qualify for the nationals for two years in a row is good in itself, but to make it to the last 16 in the British Isles is an incredible achievement.


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